Nastawgan : the Canadian North by canoe and snowshoe by Bruce W. Hodgins, Margaret Hobbs

By Bruce W. Hodgins, Margaret Hobbs

A wealthy historical past of Canadian desert trip, "an totally compelling collection," stated The Globe and Mail, and "a gem -- it completely sparkles," based on Canadian Geographic. Declared via the Canadian historic organization to be the easiest publication released of its yr at the local historical past of Canada's North. With essays through William C. James, C.E.S. Franks, George Luste, Margaret Hobbs, John Jennings, Shelagh furnish, Gwyneth Hoyle, Bruce W. Hodgins, Jamie Bendickson, Craig Macdonald, Jean Murray Cole, John Marsh and John Wadland.

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J. B. , David Thompson's Narrative of his Explorations in Western America, 1784*1812 (Toronto: Champlain Society, 1912), p. iv. 5. Victor G. , David Thompson: Travels in Western North America, 1784-1812 (Toronto: Macmillan, 1971), p. 34. 6. , p. 84. 7. Quoted in Edwin E. Guillet, Pioneer Travel in Upper Canada (Reprinted Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1963), pp. 30-31. 8. Thompson, Journal, Aug. 15. I am very grateful to Mrs. Eleanor Gunn for putting Thompson's Journal into typescript from holograph.

It is remarkable only as an episode in the later life of one of Canada's great men. However, during the survey Thompson continued his lifelong habit of keeping a detailed journal, amounting to more than 100 pages,1 which together with his maps and ancillary records are of great historical value. Those documents illustrate the skills and resources that were needed for wilderness travel and exploration and which form a part of the web of human experience which has shaped our existence as Canadians.

Thompson is the mapmaker of the Canadian half-continent. But he is more than that, he is the foundation mythmaker of the Canadian West. 5 Thompson's journal of his 1837 survey is in no way comparable to his great Travels. It is the working record of a difficult task undertaken by an old man. It does not have the depth of observation, or the insights into geography and Indian culture that give quality to the Travels. Nevertheless, the 1837 journal gives the clearest impression of the difficulties of travel, and the character of the country in a part of southern Ontario which was then untracked and hostile northern wilderness.

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